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Number of patients infected with H1N1 in Maldives rises to 176

Patients milling in the flu clinic opened in IGMH. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

MALDIVES, March 24 (Xinhua) — The number of people tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus in the Maldives has risen to 176, statistics released by the Health Protection Agency showed here Friday.

Seven more people tested positive with the virus on Thursday with 23 patients in total being hospitalized with H1N1 to date.

At least two patients have died from the virus with the Health Ministry putting in place strict measures to control the disease.

However the Health Ministry on Friday said that the number of people seeking treatment for flu had been receding.

The Education Ministry also in a statement on Friday said that it would reopen schools next week after it had been closed under the advise of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) due to the H1N1 outbreak.

However the Education Ministry urged parents not to send children to school if they had any symptoms of the flu.

The Maldives government recently said that the H1N1 virus in the island country was not similar to a swine flu pandemic.

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